Smitty: What has this year been like for you?
Lackey: First of all, it’s been great just to be back pitching and then to be pitching well and then to be pitching in a playoff race, it’s been about as good as I could have envisioned. Because I put in a lot of hard work over the past year and a half. So it’s nice to see it paying off.
Smitty: Are you a video-guy when preparing for an upcoming start?
Lackey: The day before my start I try to watch at least two games in the last week of the team I’m about to face the next day. So yes, I guess I am a little bit of a video guy. It’s something I’ve done since Anaheim a little bit. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while.
Smitty: What’s the most important stat for a pitcher?
Lackey: There’s way too many stats these days.
Smitty: You’re more of a pitcher who just goes out of there and ...
Lackey: Try to win the game. Yeah. Yeah. (laughing).
Smitty: Who were some pitchers who helped you along the way when you were younger?
Lackey: I had some good guys when I was a rookie. Aaron Sele was a guy who really took me under his wing and took good care of me. He taught me a lot of different stuff on the field and off the field — how to tip and how to be a big leaguer.
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